New HBS Record For Female Admits

HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL CLASS OF 2014

Characteristic                                      Class of 2014  Class of 2013  Class of 2012
Size of Class925905876
Applications8,9639,33110,368
Acceptance Rate13%12%10%
Yield90%89%89%
Women40%39%36%
U.S. Ethnic Minorities24%23%23%
International32%34%34%
Average Age272726
Countries Represented696873
Undergraduate institutions represented270243243
Median GMAT730730724
GMAT Range570 — 790490 — 790510 — 790
Citizenship: North American72%70%70%
U.S.68%66%66%
Asia/South Pacific12%13%13%
Europe10%10%12%
Central/South America3%4%3%
Africa1%2%1%
Oceania2%1%1%
Undergraduate Majors:
Business43%*20%23%
Engineering/Natural Sciences/Technical34%36%33%
Humanities/Social Sciences22%43%43%
Pre-MBA Work Experience:
Consulting20%21%22%
Consumer Products6%6%7%
Financial Services12%12%14%
Venture Capital/Private Equity16%13%18%
Healthcare/biotech7%6%6%
High Tech/Communications9%9%6%
Manufacturing7%14%9%
Military5%5%5%
Non-Profit9%8%7%
Other Services5%5%5%

Source: Harvard Business School admissions. Asterisk indicates change in category to business and economics from business in previous years

Notes: HBS also has changed a few categories for pre-MBA experience. For the Class of 2014, for example, it added an energy category which accounts for 4% of the incoming students.

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